Alternative Sunday School Lessons

Unclean & Common

August 18, 2015
Unclean & Common

Would you eat a cherry that was in a bowl of cockroaches?  Would you eat a cherry if there was one cockroach in the bowl?  How much impurity is too much?  I had a boss years ago who would never eat anything at a potluck dinner because of her fear of food contamination. When we […]

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9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

July 21, 2015
9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

From a recent reddit forum with Mormon historian Richard Bushman, I extracted 9 tips for those who are concerned about church history and how to deal with sticky issues. On what to do when confronted with history that doesn’t match the church’s story. Question:  There are many people with a fraction of your knowledge of church […]

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Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Topical Guide: Accursed

June 28, 2015
Topical Guide:  Accursed

I’ve been going through the Topical Guide looking for unusual meanings.  (See my posts on Abominable and Abhor.)  I came across an interesting verse, Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Paul wishes he were accursed from Christ?  What does that […]

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Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

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The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

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Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

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Faith Crisis Redux

January 6, 2015
Faith Crisis Redux

If there’s one topic that never gets old in the ‘nacle[1] it’s faith crisis.  A few months back, I started to follow a Vietnamese Buddhist group on Facebook because they post quotes I like.  Over the weekend, a group member posted the following, expressing his faith crisis. “I am really having a hard time with […]

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Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

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The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

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Was the Fall a Sin? (Weekend Poll)

October 4, 2014
Was the Fall a Sin?  (Weekend Poll)

Whether you view Adam & Eve as actual people or a story designed to illustrate the nature of man’s separation from God, you can opine on the motives of the act.  What’s your view? Discuss.  

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The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

September 3, 2014
The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

This is our first guest post from Forgetting, a frequent commenter here at Wheat and Tares. Microbes are the most often overlooked aspect of the Word of Wisdom. Not only are microbes there in the spirit of the principle, but they are mentioned in the text both plainly and also somewhat obscurely. Fermentation is the […]

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A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 46 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

May 6, 2014
A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

My 15 year old son recently informed us that he gets extra credit if he reads the entire Book of Mormon for seminary.  He doesn’t really need the extra credit, but since he hadn’t read it cover to cover before we said we could help him read it as a family.  We decided to start […]

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Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

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Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

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